Laughter is Good Medicine.

April 16, 2016


King Solomon said this in slightly different words thousands of years ago, and scientists are proving it's still true today.


Scientists have done studies on humor and the body. They proved that laughter is healing. It's one of the best stress reducers on the market. Disasters increase fear and stress. These raise the body's heartrate, blood pressure and sensitifity to pain. They lower the immune system.


Humor diffuses fear. You can't be scared and laugh at the same time.


Humor normalizes a bad situation. If you can laugh at it, you can survive it. Humor puts the situation in perspective. 


Humor is relaxing. The next time you get bad news or are overloaded with stress, try watching something funny on the internet. The more you laugh, the more relaxed you will be afterwards.


Do you want to decrease pain, decrease depression, increase your immune system, increase your sleep? One simple prescription: humor.



On a related note:

NPR reports humor researcher Richard Wiseman, as reported in Scott Weems' fascinating new book Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why, set out to discover the "funniest joke in the world." He collected 40,000 jokes and had 15 million people rank them. This is what he discovered to be the funniest joke:


Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator says, "Calm down. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence; then a gun shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says, "OK, now what?"


You can read more on  NPR's website


PS: What's brown and sticky?


Answer: A stick.


When a disaster happens, your body needs water, food and safety. Your mind and emotions have needs too. Fear, anger and despair are poisons. Faith, resilience and a positive attitude are like meat and vegies for the mind. Your attitude can make or break you. 



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